Democrats Sue Trump Campaign, Roger Stone for Data TheftBy
Lawsuit blames campaign, G.O.P. operative for Russian hacking
Identifying information said stolen from Democratic Committee
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Republican political strategist Roger Stone were accused in a lawsuit of conspiring with Russian operatives to publish information stolen from the Democratic National Committee on WikiLeaks.
The case is an effort by Democrats affected by the hacking to pin legal blame on Republicans following the U.S. intelligence community consensus that the Russian government was behind the hacking of emails in Democratic Party computers that were posted on WikiLeaks last July.
Two Democratic supporters and a former DNC staffer say data about them was stolen, including personal identifying information.
“Plaintiffs’ private information was published across the world” via WikiLeaks postings, the men said in papers filed Wednesday in Washington federal court. Among the allegedly purloined data: emails from the former DNC employee, Scott Comer, and the social security numbers and birth dates of supporters Eric Schoenberg and Roy Cockrum.
The three are claiming violations of District of Columbia privacy laws, infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to intimidate voters. They’re seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages from the campaign and Stone. They didn’t provide any examples of proof in the complaint to support their claims that Trump and Stone made arrangements with Russian operatives and WikiLeaks.
“This lawsuit is entirely without merit,” Stone said in an emailed statement. “There is no evidence whatsoever that I had any advance knowledge or involvement in the hacking of DNC emails if they were even hacked.”
The White House didn’t reply to emailed requests for comment on the lawsuit.
The allegations punctuate a tumultuous week for the president and an inner circle buffeted by the revelation that Donald Trump Jr. met last year with a Russian attorney whom he’d been told by an intermediary had Kremlin ties and was offering damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
That meeting, at which Trump Jr. was accompanied by then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is among the incidents cited by those suing in support of their allegations.
The president has steadfastly denied any coordination or collusion with Russia, going so far as to dispute U.S. intelligence agency reports stating that nation almost certainly intervened in the election with the goal of helping him win.
The case is Cockrum v. Donald J Trump for President, 17-cv-1370, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).
— With assistance by Jennifer Jacobs, and Shannon Pettypiece